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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sunrise, Sunset

Red Light at Sunset
Photo by myself on the Upper West Side, at 79th Street and West End Avenue.

The sun was setting and the light turned red.


Depending on where you live on Manhattan, you get to see the sun set or rise.

During my years living on the Upper West Side, I always preferred the seeing the sun set over New Jersey. The downside included braving the cold westerly winds freezing your face on the way home in the winter, and walking eastward to work with the sun glaring in your eyes.

But I didn't mind. I really loved it there.

Recently, some things have made me think a little. My grandfather is not doing so well. He's 97 years old, usually extremely feisty, but recently his health has declined. I'll be visiting him soon.

And then I have a birthday coming up. Yeesh. Thoughts of mortality interrupt my thoughts.

You can react to such situations in different ways. Either let yourself completely go, sit in front of the tv with a plate of manicotti, or not. Thankfully I'm doing the latter. I've been going the gym every day for the last week, waking up before seven to hit the treadmill, like many of my neighbors.

New Yorkers are very concerned about how they look. We might not be as nuts as folks in LA, but we are pretty nuts. You see gyms on the second floors of buildings all over the city with heads bouncing up and down, while the bodies they're attached to exercise on machines below.

You can look great and have your manicotti, too.

Related posts: Working it Out and East (Side) Versus West (Side).


Carolyn said...

Cool Pic. The light and sun match perfectly!

Kitty said...

Thanks Carolyn!

Ha Ha Sound said...

I hope your grandfather improves!! And I took photos of the sun setting last night. I could see it right through at the of 18th Street.

Mom Knows Everything said...

That picture is absolutely gorgeous Kitty!!!

Mom Knows Everything said...

I hope your grandfather gets well soon!

Anonymous said...

This really is a man cf nature image isn't it. Good comparison and I like the composition and placement of the sun.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Hope your grandfather is okay, Kitty. Keep hitting the gym, but balance it out with the occasional manicotti. Chances are some day your grandkids will be describing you as feisty too.

Kitty said...

Thanks Ha Ha. 97 is a respectable age. He's comfortable and fortunately not unhappy right now.
What a cool photo that would be, I'd think.

Thanks Tammy dear!

Hi Julie
I love how these juxtapositions occur all the time. It's just a matter of noticing it!

Thanks Terry B for the kind sentiment!
Good to hear from another food lover. I cannot resist pasta, lol.

Z said...

As you've noticed from visiting my blog, we have lots of hills about, and both sunrises and sunsets happen behind these so I haven't seen one with the sun disappearing over a horizon in a long time!

Z in Villigen CH.

Kitty said...

Hi Z
How funny? Usually NYers don't see the horizon either, because we're usually not on the edge of the island.

I think your reason for not seeing sunsets is more preferable!

Anonymous said...

I love that photo. :)

Kitty said...

Thanks Jess!

• Eliane • said...

Ok, this is spooky: it's just around my block, lol!

I haven't visited your blog in a while (Blogger and I have not been on best terms lately). But each time I do, I marvel at how lovely your pictures are. They really are.

Kitty said...

Thanks Elaine!
I love the UWS, and cannot stay away from it.
I enjoy visiting your blog, too.